Generally favorable reviews - based on 65 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 65
  2. Negative: 0 out of 65
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  1. May 16, 2014
    With a variety of interesting characters and well-balanced gameplay, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare should have been a perfect entry-level team-based FPS, letting younger and more casual audiences learn about the fun of meeting others online and shooting them in the face. Sadly, the frustrating unlock system puts a damper on that, and it never manages to make players feel rewarded for playing.
  2. games(TM)
    Apr 9, 2014
    Thoroughly and unexpectedly wonderful. [Issue#146, p.102]
  3. Games Master UK
    Apr 7, 2014
    Like homemade fertiliser, it does the job, but not like the proper stuff. Also, it whiffs a bit. [May 2014, p.67]
  4. Apr 5, 2014
    At the end of the day, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare delivers on all its promises: it’s loony, hugely accessible, and has plants and zombies locked in warfare.
  5. CD-Action
    Apr 2, 2014
    An inconspicuous game that really surprised me – it’s enjoyable, funny, great from the technical point of view. It would have been perfect with a better balanced undead team and more gameplay modes. [04/2014, p.54]
  6. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Mar 30, 2014
    Outstanding fun for the first few weeks thanks to the OTT carnage but Garden Warfare trails off a little too quickly to leave a lasting impression. [Issue#109, p.76]
  7. 80
    Fans of the shooting genre might be tempted to overlook this title because of the cute design, but they would be doing themselves a disservice in doing so.
  8. Mar 21, 2014
    Plants Vs Zombies is bright, colourful, lovely to look at and fun to play - it’s the third person shooter no-one knew they wanted and may go a little way to filling the small gap before the big triple A games start to drop.
  9. Mar 18, 2014
    It is seems a shame the game didn’t launch before Christmas – on this evidence, with its kid-friendly content and rock-solid gameplay, it had the potential to have cleaned up, and help Microsoft move a bunch of additional Ones off the shelves in the process.
  10. Mar 17, 2014
    A great, simple shooter for all ages.
  11. Mar 14, 2014
    PopCap Games reinvents its most famous brand, and turn it in a funny multiplayer shooter, with both cooperative and competitive game modes. It is not revolutionary, but it's still solid and genuinely entertaining.
  12. Mar 13, 2014
    Colorful, humorous and mostly fun to play: Garden Warfare is unexpectedly a multiplayer shooter that can easily live besides Titanfall on Microsoft’s console.
  13. Mar 10, 2014
    A surprising game, very well designed and almost addicting. A welcome break from the usual "serious" multiplayer shooters with a fast, entertaining and varied gameplay. If you're into multiplayer action, you'll love this.
  14. Mar 10, 2014
    Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare doesn’t know its own strengths. With a little bit more content this would’ve been an absolute hit. The PVZ-exterior is wrapping paper for a very entertaining shooter.
  15. Mar 10, 2014
    Despite some setbacks, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a fun game.
  16. Mar 9, 2014
    An original ray of sunshine in a genre crowded with mindless clones.
  17. Mar 7, 2014
    The announcement of Garden Warfare was an odd one, but in the end it turns out to be a brilliant decision. Garden Warfare is colourful, funny, challenging, cheap and within a few months new content will make up for the lack of game-modes.
  18. Mar 5, 2014
    A breath of fresh air for the shooter genre of games. While the game modes are nothing new, they are more fun to play due to the fact that leveling up characters doesn’t mean anything and everyone is able to pick up the game and have a ton of fun.
  19. Mar 5, 2014
    Sadly, any gains made here are squandered by woolly controls, a dearth of feedback and infuriating inaccuracy even with aiming assist dialed up to maximum.
  20. Mar 4, 2014
    For what it offers, the price is right for Garden Warfare. The price reflects the rather meager content, but Garden Warfare is fun. I love the new direction Popcap is taking with PVZ, and if I wasn’t a fan before, I certainly am now.
  21. Mar 4, 2014
    It’s a great game in a slightly flimsy initial package, then, but Popcap has stated that it plans to release free bi-monthly DLC to thicken the crop of modes.
  22. Mar 3, 2014
    In the dull routine of everyday life of military shooters, this is a colorful change – but the sometimes chaotic fights of flora and undead suffer from a limited number of maps and modes.
  23. Mar 3, 2014
    Garden Warfare may not be the most ambitious game ever made, but its one with a clear sense of personality and identity, which is more than you can say for a lot of other online shooters.
  24. Feb 28, 2014
    Before the tedium set in, I had fun with Garden Warfare.
  25. Feb 28, 2014
    The first time you're taken out by a Sunflower's devastating laser, only to watch it skip away into a hail of peas and flaming footballs – and you find yourself laughing instead of pouting – you'll be hooked.
  26. Feb 28, 2014
    For a try, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is not a masterpiece, but it does work quite well. The gameplay is flawless, the game is well made and the class system is worthy, everything wrapped with strong humor : we were not expecting a first try that was so successful. On the other hand, the content is extremely light which reminds us that PopCap Games has still some ground to cover before reaching the level of the competitors. With three game modes and a handful of maps, you quickly see everything.
  27. Feb 28, 2014
    Do not underestimate Garden Warfare: beyond the zany (and irresistible) presentation lies a competent and enjoyable third person shooter, one that won't revolutionize a genre but that will surely reward you with hours of pure, immediate fun.
  28. Feb 28, 2014
    Although it doesn't dramatically subvert genre tropes, Garden Warfare features enough unique elements and clever twists to stand out, breathing joy into a stagnating genre.
  29. Feb 27, 2014
    Garden Warfare on the Xbox One is visually impressive and PopCap did a great job translating the color palette and aesthetics of the mobile game to this third person shooter.
  30. Feb 27, 2014
    Garden Warfare is a fun, addictive third-person action shooter that manages to stay true to the Plants vs. Zombies series.
  31. Feb 27, 2014
    Garden Warfare is a funny spin-off of the iOS gaming success. The main concern about the game is that you can only play three modes. We would have appreciated at least a capture the flag.
  32. Feb 27, 2014
    It never hits the heights of Battlefield in its pomp, Call of Duty at its slickest or Titanfall in its explosive beta, but at its best Garden Warfare stirs the same emotions; the panic, the triumph, the tension and the elation.
  33. Feb 26, 2014
    Perhaps the best part about Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is its price point. At only $39.99 US for Xbox One and $29.99 US for the Xbox 360 version, it’s a relatively cheap and extremely fun take on shooters, which is all too rare these days.
  34. Feb 26, 2014
    At a purchase price of $39.99 Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is easily the most lighthearted approach to a shooter anyone has ever seen and you’re getting an immense amount of value for your hard earned dollar.
  35. Feb 26, 2014
    A spin-off for Microsoft systems of one of the most popular franchises out there for mobile devices, Plants Vs Zombies. A bit bland and repetitive, but nevertheless Garden Warfare is a fun multiplayer experience.
  36. Feb 26, 2014
    Sure, more game modes would have been nice, but this is still an entertaining, funny and likably stylized multiplayer romp for a rather inexpensive price.
  37. Feb 26, 2014
    A charming concept can only get a game so far, and Garden Warfare fails to capitalize. While there's fun to be hard, there's not much meat on the bones, and the repetitive combat ensures this will be nothing but a stopgap title until better shooters enter the market.
  38. Feb 25, 2014
    The least brown shooter ever made, with the colourful graphics and accessible controls supported by an imaginative and surprisingly well-crafted online experience.
  39. Feb 25, 2014
    Garden Warfare was a surprise when it was announced, and you’ll be surprised when you play it what PopCap managed to accomplish. But it can get repetitive when the jokes run dry, and the system designed to combat this is locked behind piles of crumpled tinfoil and stacks of unwanted stickers.
  40. Feb 25, 2014
    PopCap's lovely tower defense game has been transformed into hectic action with all the features anyone can wish for in a game that can be enjoyed by both younger and older gamers. Only lack of gameplay content prevents this title from higher grades.
  41. Feb 25, 2014
    It’s been almost a year since Gears of War: Judgment, and Garden Warfare took little time to renew my fondness for last-stand style missions. Yet more than anything, PopCap managed to successfully reinterpret their flagship franchise without losing sight of what made the series’ characters so memorable.
  42. Feb 25, 2014
    While it's short on modes and maps, the core game should entertain long enough for PopCap to work on expanding the game via DLC.
  43. Feb 25, 2014
    Garden Warfare succeeds at replicating the enjoyable nature of the franchise. It pays great attention to detail, with well-designed and well-implemented game modes that will be fun for gamers of all ages and skill levels.
  44. Feb 25, 2014
    The game offers that experience you can expect from good shooters, but without that complexity. The thing is it is very limited, and the contents and modes are not enough to support its ideas.
  45. Feb 25, 2014
    The patient build-up of plant defenses is almost entirely absent, and the zombies act just like competent human soldiers. Although Garden Warfare has some charm, most of it is borrowed from the original games.
  46. 80
    A lovely, surprisingly clever reinvention of Plants vs Zombies for shooter fans of all ages and persuasions.
  47. Feb 25, 2014
    A unique twist on tower defense games is what makes Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare so fun. The monotony of standard tower defense is broken and is now a split between that and a first person shooter, though the standard defense rules are still in place. Several game modes and beautiful worlds add to the flair of the title, making this a fun choice for any Xbox One owner.
  48. What’s here is cleverly crafted, well-balanced, and capable of generating moments of authentic mirth.
  49. Feb 25, 2014
    They’ve created a shooter that the entire family can enjoy; a game that’s simple enough for my five-year-old daughter, yet deep and varied enough to entrance even the most battle-hardened veteran. And while there isn’t a lot here right out of the gate, there are enough zombies on this lawn to occupy you until the content does come — at a nice price, to boot.
  50. Feb 25, 2014
    A fun, accessible class based shooter that's as fun and quirky as its predecessors. It's definitely not the most balanced experience around, but it's fun and deeper than it looks.
  51. Feb 25, 2014
    A crazy and colorful garden packed with a huge army of plants, defending their motherland against funny and fearsome zombies. PopCap Games feeds their successful IP with a fun 12v12 third person shooter totally recommendabe for casual audiences.
  52. Feb 25, 2014
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is an incredibly frustrating game to review as everything that’s here is great, but there’s simply not enough of it.
  53. Feb 25, 2014
    I’m glad to see a return to the franchise that doesn’t involve a free-to-play model, but as far as multiplayer shooters go this feels like a nice change of pace, rather than a long-term alternative.
  54. Feb 25, 2014
    Planets vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is a skeleton made of borrowed ideas, but its bones are wrapped in a body of earnest tomfoolery and relentless positivity. It functions best as a sanctuary for disenfranchised shooter players, the equivalent of a safe place where it's OK to be weird and goofy amidst the tension of a competitive game. The most interesting thing about Garden Warfare is there may be enough of an affected crowd to actually make it all work.
  55. Feb 25, 2014
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is not an exceptional shooter by any means – and in the case of its progression, can be quite frustrating – but seeing its classes brought to life in a shooter so effectively, with its trademark humor intact, will win you over for at least a short while.
  56. Feb 25, 2014
    What at first seems like a bizarre experiment actually turns out to be an accomplished and brilliantly entertaining multiplayer shooter. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare might not manage to hold your attention for more than a few hours, but while it does, you can't fail to have a blast.
  57. Feb 25, 2014
    Sure, you could spend your entire time shooting at both living and dead, but the best gameplay comes from varied and mechanically diverse controllable characters.
  58. Feb 25, 2014
    Garden Warfare's bright colors, cartoon graphics and humorous approach are the antithesis of most first-person shooters. But don't be fooled. It's as good as any out there - and very likely an awful lot more fun.
  59. Feb 25, 2014
    A polished, tremendously fun time even without all the options or content of its multiplayer contemporaries.
  60. Feb 25, 2014
    Even with its blemishes, I was incredibly surprised by the amount of depth the game has to offer on top of all of its charm. Hopefully EA will ease off the microtransactions in the future and even more content will pile in.
  61. Feb 25, 2014
    Garden Warfare is a fun, polished shooter, and what it lacks in gameplay depth it more than makes up for with fun cosmetic gear you'll actually want to unlock.
  62. Feb 25, 2014
    While the unlockables fit right in with the whimsical spirit of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise, you're left feeling like Garden Warfare needed a little something more to make it a meal rather than a side salad. Still, it's that rare shooter whose world and characters might put a smile on your face, making it a refreshing entry in a genre that usually takes itself really seriously.
  63. Feb 25, 2014
    Garden Warfare respects its roots by preserving its characters and their humor and skillfully adapting their charm to a third-person shooter...The solid controls, fun modes, and varied map design make it a good shooter to boot.
  64. Feb 25, 2014
    It takes the best parts of PVZ to make an experimental shooter that feels freed from tired conventions or compromise.
  65. Feb 25, 2014
    Against all odds, somehow the team at PopCap have managed to craft a fun shooter that remains true to the series. More commendably, they’ve created a shooter that takes you by surprise and makes you laugh.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 437 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 78 out of 437
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    Excellent Xbox One debut for the PvZ franchise! :) At just $40, this game's an absolute steal and I recommend it to just about anyone. PopcapExcellent Xbox One debut for the PvZ franchise! :) At just $40, this game's an absolute steal and I recommend it to just about anyone. Popcap Games and EA have a winner on their hands. Full Review »
  2. PHJ
    Feb 25, 2014
    Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a nice 90 out 100 game, witch mixes perfectly FPS and Casual genres and bring to you the same style, samePlants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a nice 90 out 100 game, witch mixes perfectly FPS and Casual genres and bring to you the same style, same idea and same objectives that the Tablets version brings to you, but in 3D, with a great Engine and some great Graphics. The weak point is how the engine works in the Split Screen Mode. Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    It is a fun and challenging game. The innovation applied in a game that was once simple has exceeded my expectations. A great choice of FPSIt is a fun and challenging game. The innovation applied in a game that was once simple has exceeded my expectations. A great choice of FPS out of wearing patterns. Full Review »